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Medieval Criminal and Torture Museum

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Address: Via San Giovanni, 123 | Via San Giovanni, 82, 53073, San Gimignano, Italy
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+39 0577 940526
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano:

"A collection of...

Medieval and criminal Torture Museum of San Gimignano:

"A collection of instruments of torture"

This exhibit includes images and words, a unique world-wide collection: 100 instruments produced for causing pain and death.

It shows exceptionally rare pieces dated back to the XVI, XVII and XVIII century and more recent philological reconstructions of ancient and lost instruments.

Very well known instruments such as the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine, the Rack, the Interrogation Chair and the Chastity Belt.

But the peculiarity of the exhibit is showing to the public for the very first time less known but very refined instruments. From the Heretic’s Fork to the Noise-maker’s fifes, to the Gatta da Scorticamento to the Spanish Spiders, these instruments prove how human imagination and sophisticated intelligence had no limit in finding new ways to inflict the most atrocious and cruel tortures.


One section of museum is entirely dedicated to witchcraf, witches hunt and to the Inquisition Tribunal.

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We stumbled into this tiny museum while walking the medieval streets in San Gimignano. The museum needs a bit of care in the exhibitions. Overall was interesting and kept my... read more

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stumbled into this tiny museum while walking the medieval streets in San Gimignano. The museum needs a bit of care in the exhibitions. Overall was interesting and kept my attention in the different torture techniques used in the medieval times.

Thank E R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an interesting collection of barbaric torture methods throughout the ages. The museum has made the most of the space and put together an entertaining exhibit. Well worth an hour of your time... Just make sure to come back into the light!

Thank Matthew C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This museum is very disturbing, you can read the explanations of the methods of torture while looking at the instruments. But it's also interesting to learn about the crazy things that were happening during the inquisition times.

Thank Lilou_Lilas5
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

its scary a little bit but fine .also you can also find DA Vinci war machines including flying inventions, war inventions and other innovations

Thank Nour M
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

To think that these implements were actually used on people is unbelievable to me. Cruel, twisted and creepy. Thanks!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had an hour to spare and had kept passing this place each day. With things like the London Dungeon in mind we paid E20 and took a look inside. The displays and commentaries look to be mostly authentic, but everything has a gruesome and graphic overtone and you really need to be 'into your torture' to appreciate it. With... More 

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Surprise, AZ
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

There are two parts to this museum; your ticket gains entrance to both (they are across from each other). One is supposed to be just torture stuff, and the other about witches. I found them both very similar to each other. There are some absolutely gruesome displays. It is just unbelievable, the things human beings have dreamed up to inflict... More 

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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It gives you the creeps but very important to see what the Italian culture is based on, not only food and art. Don't miss...

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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

An interesting but disturbing display, detailing the cruelty of the different types of torture from the distant to not so distant past. It's worth a visit, not too expensive and the entry gave you access to two museums.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Admittedly not to everyone's taste but getting the opportunity to put my children in the stocks was too good to miss. Good interactive elements although putting on chainmail and platemail in 30 degree temperatures was not the best! Good family fun all round but the Italians have an annoying habit of promulgating information just in Italian in tourist attractions!

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